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Re: Bangladesh

Dear Secretary-General Scotland, We write to you with deep concern over your recent statements praising Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Prime Minister Hasina has presided over an increasingly authoritarian, near- one-party state where the…
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Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Re: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 17 June 2020   Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I write to request that your government…
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20 November 2019 BBC Panorama / Sunday Times investigation  We write to you following the BBC Panorama and Sunday Times joint investigation which found evidence the Ministry of Defence and some elements within the Armed Forces have…
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2019 UK General Election

12 November 2019   Dear [Party Leader],   I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch, an independent non-governmental organization that works on human rights around the world.   …
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Dear Prime Minister,  On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing to urge you to maintain a focus on human rights in your government’s domestic and foreign policy and to ensure that rights protections are not downgraded during your…
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Ensure Continued Scrutiny of the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

11 June 2019   To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Ensure continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Eritrea   Excellency,…
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Novalpina Capital Should Respect and Deliver on Its Commitment to Upholding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Dear Mr. Peel, We write in reply to your March 1, 2019 letter, which responded to our open letter of February 18, 2019 raising concerns around the acquisition by Novalpina Capital of a stake in NSO Group. We welcome Novalpina Capital…
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Dear Foreign Secretary, Congratulations on your new appointment. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international human rights organisation that works to document and expose human rights violations in some 90 countries around the…
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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies, Ahead of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Coun­cil”), we write to you as a cross-re­gional group of non-governmental organizations to share our serious concerns over the sys­te­ma­tic, wide­spread and…
Eritrean refugees hold placards during a protest against the Eritrean government outside their embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel May 11, 2015.
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Submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Dear Commissioner King: Human Rights Watch has examined human rights violations in Eritrea since independence in 1991, but especially the steady deterioration of human rights since 2001. In that year, the government closed all independent…
Wendy Isaack, researcher at Human Rights Watch, delivers a statement at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Banjul, Gambia, November 6, 2017.
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For the last twenty years in the UK, some politicians and sections of the media have led a relentless attack on human rights, grossly misrepresenting the UK Human Rights Act as a charter for criminals and a barrier to common sense.  In the face of this…
Women gather in Parliament Square for a protest in support of legal abortion in Northern Ireland, Britain, June 24, 2017.
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The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017.
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Judges of the European Court of Human Rights sit in the courtroom during a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
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A member of security stands guard inside the Supreme Court in London, Britain, January 23, 2017.
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Flags are seen at the EU Commission headquarters ahead of a first full round of talks on Brexit, Britain's divorce terms from the European Union, in Brussels, Belgium July 17, 2017.
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A man and a woman walk past a Polish shop in Boston, Britain June 27, 2016.
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Armed police respond outside Parliament during an incident on Westminster Bridge.
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People wave at a European Union flag during an EU parade, in Warsaw May 15, 2005.
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Dear Prime Minister, As the UK Director of Human Rights Watch, I urge you to make human rights a central focus of your government’s domestic and foreign policy over the coming Parliament.  Below we have identified seven priority areas of human…